CENTRE STAGE: Laura showcased her talents in a self-produced musical theatre variety show at Fortitude Valley's Judith Wright Performing Arts Centre.
CENTRE STAGE: Laura showcased her talents in a self-produced musical theatre variety show at Fortitude Valley's Judith Wright Performing Arts Centre. Tim Butler

Laura discovers passion

WHEN she lived in Stanthorpe, Laura Jensen was mostly known for her sporting achievements in the pool, or as "the girl whose golden retriever Brutis would always visit the school, bakery and butcher", but these days her name is more often seen on posters and programs around Brisbane's theatre circuits.

After moving to the Sunshine Coast at the age of 13, Laura found herself centre-stage at her high school musical - an experience that unearthed a love of singing and performing that was too strong to ignore.

Her passion quickly evolved, and in 2009 the former St Joseph's student enrolled to study a Bachelor of Music (Performance) at Brisbane's JMC Academy, where she was humbled to twice be named the most outstanding student of the year for her musical and academic achievements.

"During my time at JMC, I performed at the Judith Wright Centre in my self-produced musical theatre variety show," Laura said.

"I was also privileged to sing in the UQ Jazz Big Band for two years."

Laura's career built to an exciting crescendo in February this year, when she received her "first big role" playing Julia Guglia in the Schonell Theatre's production of The Wedding Singer.

The musical went on to receive outstanding reviews.

Based in Auchenflower, Laura is now working as a full-time singing teacher and performer.

"I aim to continue my own training while passing on my own knowledge and love for music to my students," she said.

"I would have never expected to have this life.

"I feel that I have my dream job."

The only thing that exceeds Laura's love of performance is her passion for family, and the musician is quick to thank her parents for supporting her career choice.

"I have been so lucky with all the opportunities that have been presented to me and I owe this to my loving and supportive parents for always being my number one fans and encouraging me to never give up," she said.

Laura hopes to soon visit Stanthorpe, where she still has strong family ties.

As the 23 year old continues to better herself as a performer and teacher, she plans to further her musical studies, one day moving into music therapy.

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